Westminster stages upset of N. Carroll


Westminster senior Brendon Byrne and junior Jason Brown certainly had a flair for the dramatic last night at No. 10 North Carroll.

In the evening's two most pivotal contests, both Byrne and Brown took their opponents down in the final two seconds of the third period and won come-from-behind victories. Those wins set the stage for sophomore 103-pounder Justin Hughes to clinch a dramatic 35-29 upset over the Panthers before an exuberant crowd in Hampstead.

With Westminster trailing 29-21, Byrne avenged two early- season defeats to North Carroll senior Keith Viens at 189 when he erased a 5-3 third-round deficit with an escape at the 4:36 mark and a takedown with two seconds remaining to score a 6-5 victory.

"I just decided there wasn't much else I could do but hit that move," Byrne said. "I hit it as hard as I could. It was a lateral drop, but I didn't hit it all the way, so I popped my head out to get the two points."

That pulled the Owls to within 29-24, before Westminster heavyweight Steve Stultz pinned Bobby Dell in 3:26, and Hughes defeated Trevor Davison by technical fall, 16-1. Since the match started with the 112-pound bout, Hughes' win was the final match.

Earlier, in the evening's most anticipated and exciting bout, Brown erased a five-point deficit and scored a come-from-behind, 10-8 overtime victory over North Carroll junior Randy Shreck at 135.

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